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Beer Table - Table Beer - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.36%


Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: larryi86 on 04-14-2012)
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heygeebee

Australia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Briefly...

A truly massive beer for the ABV. A very funky, zesty, tart, barnyard, experience, with tons of spicy clove notes, all wrapped up in such a low ABV... It's almost as tho flavour additives have been added late in the piece but that would be doing it a disservice.

A very well made beer that you could drink all night, although the strong flavour and price point almost stop that idea...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 09:52:06 | More by heygeebee
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Frothy and bubbly head with some lacing on a murky dull golden body. Aroma is excellent with lots of belgian yeast, tropical fruit and citrus, herbal hops and pale malts. Flavor follows with heavy lemon and banana for citrus, club soda, barnyard, Belgian yeast funk, musty malts, corriander. Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. This is an excellent saison. The flavor and aroma are full in flavor and body, a very complete saison with excellent Belgian character.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:59:38 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a huge head of fluffy white foam and an hazy good body. Pungent aroma of wheat and citrus with some spicy, musty yeast. Earthy flavor with herbal hops and musty wheat. Nicely balanced with a thick body and high carbonation. Nicely done, drinkable but far from boring, another great saison from Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:58:31 | More by nickfl
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater's Beer Table - Table Beer last month for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty impressed with Stillwater so far so I though I would give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a 650ml brown bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label is pretty plain and simple, it doesn't look that great and it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with three and half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end leaving some patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, the color and head and lacing were all pretty nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by lots of citrus aromas, lemon and lemon rind seem to stick out the most, but there's also a nice citrus orange aroma coming through. Up next comes some grainy, wheaty and bready malt aromas followed by that signature brett aroma that imparts some wet straw, leather, hay, and some funky barnyard aromas that seem to be on the lighter side of medium. Towards the end comes some more lemons that have a sour and tart aroma to them. This is beer has a pretty good aroma, it's dominated by citrus and brett, I really enjoy it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some citrus flavors that are heavy on the lemon and have a flavor that's slightly similar to lemon juice. Up next comes the brett which impart a wet straw, hay, leather and barnyard flavors with some funk to it. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a very brett like aftertaste. This beer had some nice flavors, but they dropped off really quickly and left me wanting more.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, dry, a little refreshing, medium bodied, with a higher amount of slightly prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was very good and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I look for in this style and I felt like the brett was represented nicely. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, a little refreshing, wasn't filling, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a bottle of this to myself but I think one would be my limit, the brett might start to wear on me after awhile, but I think a bottle of this would be nice to have at a bbq. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty complex and the brett was represented nicely, the appearance and mouthfeel were also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was how quickly the flavor faded away, I would have liked it more if it would have stuck around a little longer, but that might defeat the purpose of this Table Beer, I don't really know. I don't think I would buy this again, it's a nice beer, but it's pretty damn expensive, if they want me to buy it again they will release this in 12oz four packs, I think that would work better for this beer and it would be more suitable for a Table Beer, I would recommend this to anyone who likes brett beers. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, it's still a solid beer nonetheless but I think it was just a little rough around the edges and it could be cleaned up a little. I still think Stillwater is pretty impressive, but so far this seems to be my least favorite beer I have had from them, good job guys, I just didn't like this one as much as I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:05:46 | More by StoutHunter
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden wheat ale, clear and neat showing it's delicate streams of mini bubbles streaming up. Topped with 4 or more giant fingers of pebbled foam, the head looks like a bubble bath and settles to rocky and cratered top clinging to the glass - a whisp of it's former self.

S: Lemon and bretta full with wheaty grains and that distinctive barnyard, wet earth and leather. Sharp on the finish with lemon juice and acrid sour tangy fruits.

T: Flavours start sharp and tangy, lemon juice and puckering sour fruits. Dry chewy wheat suggestive of a wheaty pilsner lead the way for the barnyard funk that follows. A sour yeastiness grounded in wet horse blanket and damp old wet wood. Finishes acrid and tangy with a sour and dry pucker.

M: The carbonation is delicate and offers a numbing sensation across the palette. Light and crisp with a dry pucker at the end. Carbonation feels as though it builds, while not unpleasant it's a wee bit gassy.

O: Clean and refreshing it's a drink that cleanses the palette and awakens the senses for whats up next to come. An excellent pairing for a meal, the lemon scent and taste with the dryness are refreshing and invigorating.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:22:46 | More by FondueVoodoo
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jpro

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a New Belgium globe...

A: Pours hazy gold; big, frothy, cotton white, three-finger, meringue head; sudsy foam dies down quick, leaving no lace.

S: Light Brettanomyces funk; Belgian yeast / dough; lemon peel and some light citrus notes; a little sour and a little dry; white pepper; hay.

T: Cracker malt; pepper and spice notes; grassy; citrus peel; very subtle ester flavor, which meshes well with some apricot and pear notes.

M: Medium mouthfeel; high carbonation; refreshing.

O: A very nice, drinkable ale; inviting aroma; nuanced tastiness; refreshing... Only thoughts are it could stand to be a little drier. It seems a tad sweet - perhaps due to the esters present in the flavor profile. Maybe a touch pricey - but a very good beer at 4.7%.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:05:32 | More by jpro
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with a big fluffy white head. Second pour with the yeast in is a whole other thing, very cloudy and much better looking.

Not a huge nose, subtle apricot, grapefruit, hay and spice. Nice, though. Bready malt hits the palate first with a bit of citrus pith and pepper. Let it warm up a bit and there's a bit more to it, chalky yeasty stuff and a bit of dirt under it's fingernails. Sharp green hoppy finish and some sweaty brett.

Creamy and fat on the palate but very drinkable and refreshing too. Would be welcome at my table anytime. Drank it at almost room temp with fresh tagliatelle with a chicken liver ragu. Very well-made beer. Would have it again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 08:52:44 | More by Parrotshake
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ADZA

Australia

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ok I'll start this off by saying this is my fourth purchase of this brew I am abit of a fan and it pours a golden blonde hue with a fluffy three finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is funky Brett,lemon sherbet,lavender and bubblegum I love this smell very enticing,the mouthfeel is light bodied and fluffy with nice moderate carbonation and had tastes of lemon sherbet,funky Brett,a touch of lavender and finished with a bubblegum dryness and overall I'm sold I love this brew its perfect for the person just being introduced to Brett but also great for the bloke like me who's second name is Brett,perfectly balanced in my eyes and yes I'll be making a fifth purchase cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 11:42:56 | More by ADZA
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an oranging-yellow with straw notes, with a big sloppy, soap bubble head on top that sticks at about a finger-and-a-half’s width. The head leaves a lacing of sloppy drooping soap bubbles on the side of the glass. In body, the beer appears clear except for a slight haze and a nice torrent of tiny carbonation bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells of funky yeast with touches of herbal mint, citrus, slight brett funk, and even some slight paint thinner smell. In the citrus smell it moves from lemon to slight pineapple and then back to the lemon. On the tongue, the beer tastes citric sweet, then bread sweet, and then mellows with a nice herbal bitter and a touch of salt and acid. In flavors, the beer begins as sweet lemon grass that moves into slight grapefruit, pine, slight pineapple, and citrus caramel bread malt flavors, which mold out over the tongue and introduce a minty herbal spice with breadier side notes. There are even some slight saline flavors in the beer. The finish mellows the citrus lemon, slight funk, and herbal spice notes into a beautiful final crescendo that has a little lasting power. The aftertaste is light clean and slightly salty. In the mouth, the beer does feel extremely quaffable. It sits on the tongue on the light side of medium and features a supremely mellow and fluffy carbonation the caresses the tongue. The aftertaste is ripe with sweet spittle running over the tongue and requiring more of the beer to wash away the spittle. Overall, this is a tremendous session beer with some phenomenal Belgian flavors and some nice subtle yeast funk. It’s very nicely balanced, with perhaps only a touch too much sweetness coming through at the start of the beer. This beer is an awesome beer. My one complaint is that as you stick your nose in this beer, the smell gets a little strange, and a tad gross. Other than that this beer is delicious and sessionable. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:11:10 | More by Maxwell
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Weird font usage on the supposedly French/English (but in the end just plain awkward) rendition of the name on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale yellow straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, glistening, thinly foamy white head, which leaves broad swaths of chunky, splotchy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of sharp, almost medicinal funk, fresh hay-like grainy malt, acidic lemon, a sweeter, fleshier tropical fruitiness, simmering dry yeastiness, and middling vegetal pine notes. The taste is grainy, straw-like pilsener malt, musty, dank barnyard esters, mild lemon-lime citrus pith, a hard to shake indeterminate essence of unripe pineapple and pear, and floral, piney hops.

The carbonation is rather peppy throughout this whole affair, but hardly unbearably so, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat tepid in its smoothness, the yeast and funk notes having that effect. It finishes quite dry, the pale malt kind of squeezed out by those same fruity, yeasty, and thankfully restrained funky essences.

Most BPAs are only remarkable for their penchant of yeast over hop, from my North American vantage point, so this particular onslaught of Lambic funk and Yankee hops does a good job of splintering preconceptions. After more than an average palate adjustment, the appeal of this so-called 'table beer' comes to light, proving that flavour in a Belgian-style ale can exist in the absence of elevated alcohol levels.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 04:48:46 | More by biboergosum
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep bright golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with excellent retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky notes is very enjoyable and refreshing. Taste is also dominated by some notes of dry flora notes with light Brett and funky ester with light rustic malt backbone. Light citric notes are also easily perceptible. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very enjoyable beer that is not overly dominated by Brett but still retain a great balance between drinkability and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 15:49:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - $9.49 at Mink's Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, light straw-hued body with a lofty, foaming, white crown of suds. Meringue-like lacing.

Smell: A touch of hay-esque malts, a spritz of fresh lemon and lime, half of a pineapple ring, and some Brett notes. As some of the yeastier deposits from the bottle make their way into the glass from latter pours, it picks up a big, spicy, floral perfumy quality.

Taste: Light, mild-mannered pils malts, very low, sans-crust bready quality and just a hint of sweetness. Soft touch of lemon-lime citrus. A few drops of pineapple juice. Heck, maybe some green apple. Lightly bitter. Agreeable, leathery funk character. Coriander and fresh florals later on. A little bit of mineral and a rebound of oily, moist citrus on the staunchly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated for a nicely crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a little hay-like malts, some funk, and a appreciated citrus, until you're brain is wrecked by the outstanding refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:20:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw-gold color with two fingers of sticky white head.

The aroma was yeasty with tart green apple, lemon and a light whiff of earthy funk.

The taste matched the aroma. Tart lemon and green apple, Belgian yeast, and an earthy bite. Finishes with lemon notes and a touch of clove.

Light-medium bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A nice sessionable Belgian Pale from Stillwater. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 22:27:24 | More by Monkeyknife
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ditch

Virginia

3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

The beer poured like I expected. Semi hazy straw with a white fluffy head.

Aroma is of yeast phenol. Lemony with a slight herbal spice. No sweetness

Taste is overwhelmingly plastic. More plastic band aid than anything else. It is hard to get past the plastic. Lemon is all I can get

Mouthfeel is where it should be. Nice carbonation. Nice and dry. I would say very drinkable if I enjoyed the flavor

Overall, I'm disappointed with this beer. The flavor total kills this beer. Once I realized it tasted like band aids I couldn't get past that.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 23:41:54 | More by ditch
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metter98

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down, eventually leaving a short head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of lemon citrus and floral hops plus some slight hints of sourness from the Brettanomyces.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is much more complex, having a little more sourness, some hints of peppery spices and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really easy to drink Belgian Pale Ale that offers a bit of sourness to make the taste interesting. The only drawback is that it seemed a little too carbonated when pouring and you patiently had to wait for the head to die down.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:56:52 | More by metter98
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Cloudy straw/yellow with 4 fingers of light, fluffy head. Excellent retention with very lively carbonation.

Nose
Raw grains, hay, dried grass, wheat, lemon and potpourri.

Taste
Raw grains and spelt. Dried hay and grass. Light touches of lemon juice, apricot and sourdough. Finishes with horse blanket, potpourri and pink peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Rustic and refreshing. Incredibly easy drinking with a subtle tartness. Although this was placed in the Belgian Pale Ale category, we all know it's a Table Saison...and a great one at that!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:37:48 | More by justintcoons
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barczar

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy light golden color with a half inch white head.

Estery aroma, with banana and champagne notes accompanying barnyard funk.

Flavor revealed sharp citrus and fairly lactic tones, with horse blanket mid-palate, finishing extremely plasticy and pretty bitter.

Body was moderate to light, with fairly high carbonation.

The phenols were a bit overwhelming. Good citrus and funk,, and the dry finish was nice, but the plastic overwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 00:39:31 | More by barczar
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's, $7.50/12 oz pour. Probably the most expensive beer at Baileys at the time.

A hazy orange with a dense, creamy, fluffy, white head that leaves sheets of lace, this beer is gorgeous. The nose is a riot. A blend of saison yeast and aggressive Brett phenolics, particularly clove and a touch of plastic, this beer is quite excellent. Spicy, mildly floral as well, with a straw/ hay malt backbone. Moderately frothy/yeasty, this isn't super clean but is solid, good even, for the style.

The palate opens with a big spicy and phenolic bite. Aggressive clove, white pepper, plastic along with the malt base which has a blend of hay, grass, wheat and a little honey, this beer is intensely flavored. The mid-palate is a little frothy/yeasty/turbid, which makes it a little messy, but it's a rather riotous mess. The finish has a lingering blend of honey, clove and plastic. Medium in body (thanks to how hazy this beer is) but light on the palate, this beer has a creamy carbonation. I really enjoyed my glass of this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 04:53:43 | More by DefenCorps
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Tone

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, floral notes, hint of pale malt, spice, hint of citrus, and hint of sour. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of floral hops, spice, citrus, slight wheat, hint of pale malt, and hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 14:36:55 | More by Tone
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into a tall tulip glass, 2012 vintage

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with four fingers of dense, long lasting head. It's the kind of foam that ends up as a cylinder after you let the beer sit long enough to drink.

S: Lemon zest and musty Brett funk are strongest here, with peppercorn and ginger in the background to keep things interesting. I get a bit of wheat and a touch of pale malt, but this beer certainly smells dry.

T: Drier even than the aroma, this beer is insanely dry. Drier than any beer i've ever had. Brett funk is upfront. This beer is very seltzer-like it is so dry, though. I'd like a bit of fruitiness, citrus, something to add to the nice Brett character of the beer.

M: Extremely light bodied with extremely high carbonation.

O: I was very excited to try this beer. I really enjoy low ABV Saisons and really love Brett Saisons. However, this is certainly more of a Brett Pale Ale than a Saison, like I expected. That is the style on BA, though (BPA), so I guess I can't knock it there. I guess I just expected a low ABV Saison when I saw table beer. I'll blame that on my lack of knowledge of table beers. Anyways, I'd like a tad bit of sweetness to this beer along with a bit of fruitiness or citrus. The aroma was exactly what I wanted, but the flavor was just too dry for me. With all that said, this is still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:52:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mjtiernan

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 650ml bottle poured into an oversized stemmed tulip.

A: Huge white pillowy head even with a very slow pour. One of the haziest beers I’ve seen in awhile...would give a hefeweizen a run for its money. Pale yellow body.

S: Dominant funky barnyard Belgian yeast. Some bandaid. Hay, grain, zesty lemon, white pepper. Slight cheesiness. Herbal hop notes. A touch of pine.

T: The flavor is way dialed down compared to the aroma. Light acidity turns into some salty bitterness with a constant theme of barnyard funkiness running throughout. Lemon, perfume, some grain. Very clean.

M: Very drinkable as it should be. High carbonation that scrubs your tongue clean. Body is light and texture goes from watery to a nice dry finish.

O: I really should have paired this up with some food. It seems like a great palate cleanser and perfect backdrop for savory dishes.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:16:21 | More by mjtiernan
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a slow pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, farmhouse smells, spices, some funk, lemon zest, and sweet grainy malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy malts, some tart lemon zest, some spices, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast character comes through with some farmhouse flavors, some funk, and some peppercorn. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and bready malts with Belgian yeast, some farmhouse flavor, some peppercorn and other spices, and some tart lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice BPA with a good Belgian yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 05:15:18 | More by ngeunit1
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange gold with a nice thick white head

S-smells like raw pale belgian spices and grains. it has an aged aspect to it. pretty strong smelling for such a light american belgian. has even the slightest touch of funk to it.

T-comes in with a great taste of raw belgian grains and spices. very earthy and natural tasting. then comes in a fairly strong bite of peppercorn. the taste is quite strong and continues for awhile with a matching after-taste with maybe more emphasis on the grains. the spicy peppercorn bite seems to last for a bit.

M-very heavy carbonation with a creamy finish that quickly dries up

O-a belgian pale ale at 4.7%...i had high expectations. to be honest, this is almost my dream style...a very low ABV Belgian. the problem with most low ABV belgians is that they usually come out fairly adjunct tasting. not this though...this does a wonderful job tasting like a true, raw belgian. from the taste to the mouthfeel, i can't believe that low ABV on this! its almost perfect...there's one big problem...the price. its way too expensive to be what i want from a table beer. if they sold this in 12 ounce bottles at the same price as...even a 60 Minute...i'd be so happy. it doesn't taste light whatsoever. i can drink this at the same speed as most other decent pale belgians.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:57:30 | More by AdamBear
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fmccormi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 650ml / 1 pt, 6oz / 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip (possibly the perfect beer glass). No bottling or freshness dating visible, but I bought this pretty damn fresh a couple of weeks ago at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore, MD. So, fresh-ish.

Appearance (5.0): No surprise here: four fingers of bone-white foam rise quickly off the pour, capping a pale, straw-yellow, hazy but not cloudy body. As the head dies down, it becomes absurdly rocky around the sides of the glass while retaining a stiff, round cap in the middle. Fat chunks of lace all the way around on the sides. Near-perfect, really.
Edit: nope, perfect.

Smell (4.5): Very, very nice mix of soft fruit tones and a warm, bucolic mustiness—but they’re balancing each other very well, and overall the aroma is soft and very friendly. I’m getting some pear juice, orange flesh, light lemon zest, some white pepper, light manure tones—but in that soft, floral way that smells more like a farm and less like shit. Some cheesy-funky phenols come out as it warms.

Taste (4.0): The flavor follows more of the floral and fruity tones, but some of the phenols do, unfortunately, come out noticeably on the palate, as well. At first, anyway. Mostly, however, it’s light and lemony—the brett fermented very, very cleanly here, leaving the malt body to come off as very dry and plain, like a watery, liquid version of water crackers. Some very light black pepper unfolds right before the finish, which has a nice, lightly grassy bitterness. Definitely smooths out as it warms—if you’re sensitive to bretty phenols, give a chance to warm up a bit.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Quaffable is an understatement. It goes down like water, but unlike crappy macros that feel like water this has a very active, dynamic carbonation and a slightly starchy, dry finish that legitimately feels palate-cleansing. Light side of medium-bodied, foaming softly and fully on the way down, and finishes dry, with grassy and lemony tones.

Overall (4.0): This is a surprisingly clean beer, and quite nice. Personally, I think it really comes into its own as it warms up just a bit, becoming a very, very easy-drinking brett beer. It’s light, snappy, has some depth that isn’t malt-dependent (thanks to the complexities of the yeast component of the beer), goes down easy but isn’t boring in feel or appearance—in fact, it’s pretty damn fantastic in terms of its appearance and feel. Still, at times it has some phenolic undertones which can distract from its other properties, and drinkers sensitive to that might take issue with Beer Table – Table Beer. But if you’re open to a super-drinkable, funky Belgian Pale, then by all means—go pick up a bottle of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:51:43 | More by fmccormi
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Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice frothy white head and decent lacing

S-malt, citrus, funk, earthy notes

T-bready malt, yeast funk, lemon zest, pine, earthy, hints of black pepper, nice hoppy finish

F-medium body with nice tight carbonation and a crisp, clean mouthfeel

O-a tasty and easy drinking ale, nice yeasty funk and earthy flavors in a nice session beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 02:01:17 | More by MDDMD
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